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如何准备18分钟的TED Presentation

This is translated from the a blog post on Duarte Design, about how to prepare a successful TED presentation.

TED( Technology ,  Entertainment  &  Design ) 是一家以传播科技, 娱乐和设计方面前沿话题的非盈利性组织,虽然成立已有二十多年,真正扩大影响确实在近五年。乘着传统“挨踢”(IT)产业逐渐向用户化,界面化和娱乐化发展的东风,借助于网络视频分享平台的日渐成熟,越来越多的科技、艺术业界人士,选择TED这个平台,来宣传他们的理念和精神。所谓平台,也就是TED每年在全球各地举办的TED峰会,峰会上,受邀演讲者们可以有18分钟的时间来通过presentation的方式来阐述自己的idea,presentation的现场录像也会被同步分享到网路上,供全世界的网友观看和传播。这些年来,不乏有精彩的极具个人魅力的演讲者在这18分钟里,将presentation的精髓,将图片,动画,视频,文字和演讲的结合,表现到极致。

下面所翻译的文字,来自于Duarte Design的Company blog,这家公司的主要业务便是设计presentation。公司CEO Nancy Duarte上个星期刚在TED做了一场speech。这是一个有趣的组合,一个专职做presentation的公司CEO要在一个以presentation为传播形式的平台上来做一场讲演,应该是“只许成功,不许失败”的战役吧 🙂 下面就是Nancy在做完讲演后所提炼出来的10条可以借鉴的经验,仅供参考。

1. 将幻灯片草稿打印出来,方便调序和修改

打印出来的草稿应该是“巴掌大小”,这样才方便重新组合和排序。及时在排列时加入一些快速的notes,也是一种整理思路的好方式。我会不断的将幻灯片的数量压缩,压缩,直到我预计的演讲时间总和接近18分钟,这时我才发现,原来信息可以在短时间内,更有效的被传递出来。

2. 找朋友,听取意见和反馈

你需要有一帮你所信任的朋友,他们可以真诚的给你反馈。你可以找一两个这样的朋友,简单的用语言描述一下思路,并go through你在上一步中所组合的幻灯片。记住,在这个步骤中,你希望得到的不是针对局部的建议,你的朋友们需要能够看得到演讲的整体(a whole picture),这样你可以在准备的初始阶段,把握好自己的整体方向,接下来才需要“精耕细作”的修改每张幻灯片。

3. 找观众,演练语言

找一个朋友,做在你面前,听你用语言将整个presentation“讲”出来。我常常和我所信任的公关经理Krystin做这样的演练。她非常善于在我的语言中挑出我所应该做的改变:“当你这样说的时候,可能观众会理解成另一个意思”,“当你上一次说的时候,比较顺,这样讲会影响理解。” 她可以帮我“修炼”我所讲的每一个句子,每一个词,不畏惧我是她的老板。你的朋友也是一样,应该直言不韪的讲出他们的意见,即你在语言上的缺点。

4. “知其然,并知其所以然”

作为一个演讲者,由于你已经非常熟悉你的内容了,当你表达的时候,你可能会想“这么浅显易懂的概念,有什么不好懂的呢?” 但事实是,观众们并不觉得你的内容“显而易见,” 所以你的presentation“教练”(可能就是上文提到的,听你讲演的朋友)必须要make sure,你让观众“知其然,并知其所以然” 将解释的部分阐述清楚了,观众们才知道你的讲演到底重要在什么地方。

5. 掐表演练(正计时)

在最开始的几次演练中,最好从零分零秒开始,时间逐渐累加。练习结束后,你可以很清楚的知道你超时多少。在讲的过程中,不要看表, 不要去记每部分讲了多长时间,把这部分的工作交给你的讲演训练师。将整个讲演完成后,让你的训练师或者朋友来告诉你,每部分应该减到多少时间,到底是一分钟,两分钟,还是五分钟,从而做到详略突出。(Sally: 如果难以找到合适的讲演训练师,或者有讲演经验的朋友,将排练过程录下来,自己观看并且调整每部分是否超时(over time)或者不够(under time)也是一个好的方式)

6. 掐表演练(倒计时)

当你的讲演时间已经缩短到一定范围,就开始用倒计时的方式来练习了。你甚至可以在讲演中设定一些时间点,来分段设计演讲的内容和时间安排。比如,在第六分钟,第十二分钟,第十八分钟,你应该讲到什么内容,应该到哪一张幻灯片,越早发现自己超时,就越容易进行调整。

7. 记下你说得顺的句子

你自己(或者你的讲演训练师)应该告诉你,哪些句子(部分)你讲起来很顺,哪些句子(部分)你讲起来却不太流利。尽量将将得流利得句子和信息放如到讲演中。

8. 克服镜头前的害羞

将你临上场前的几次排练录下来。录像设备不需要很fancy,手持设备足矣-只要在房间的一角,你能感觉到有人正在注视着你,当时间随着录像设备的转动,一分一分的往前流逝时,你能够感觉到相应的紧迫感。 你可以通过录像来调整自己在公众演讲台上的仪态,眼神,动作,手势,是否有需要调整的地方。如果你做了一次很棒的讲演,试着多听几遍,找到其中的一些精华片段,看是否有些甚至应该被放到slides上,更容易观众的理解

9. 做一次18分钟的实战演练

在临上场时,最后做一次18分钟长的实战演练,这永远是提升自己自信和在最后关头加强记忆的好方式。有时候人们会觉得到最后时刻,只要自己对内容足够熟悉,就不用再卡表练习了,但事实往往是,当你站在台上讲演时,内容和时间的脱节会让你手忙脚乱。

10. 准备一个长ending和一个短ending

讲演时通常会发生一些突发事件,使得原本充足的讲演时间被迫减少,比如,技术故障,流程安排不当,观众入场,等等。在这样的情况下,在对自己演讲的内容了熟于心的情况下,不妨准备一个“短结尾”(short ending),让讲演可以提前五分钟左右结束,留出一部分机动时间。当然,我相信,如果你的演讲足够精彩,一个“长结尾”(long ending)是可以让观众们on their feet and screaming(站起来为你呐喊尖叫)的。以防你没有时间讲到那个精彩的“长结尾”,让观众们听到一个不完整的结尾,为什么不准备一个短小精悍直达文意的“短结尾”呢?他们不一定会呐喊,不过,应该会站起来为你鼓掌的(Well, they might not be screaming, but they should definitely end up on their feet.):)

到底她有没有打赢这场“不许失败”的战役呢,只有作为观众的你才能评判了:

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[转] 杨澜:我没有办法跟每个人去解释我的艰辛和失败来源

She’s only 5 years older than me when she created her own TV channel. Life is this process of accumulating experience as opposed to waiting for experience. Post this article just to remind myself of that.

她办阳光卫视的时候,不过比我大五岁,人生应该是在尝试中积累,而不是等待中。转一下这篇文章自勉吧。

我的生活如人饮水,冷暖自知,没有完美。有的人说杨澜你一直很顺利,我都只是无奈地一笑。我没有办法跟每个人去解释我的艰辛和失败。从2000年到2005年,长达5年的时间,我都曾经处于这种状态。无论从事业上还是心态上,都是如此。

1996年,我从美国哥伦比亚大学学成回国。当时,美国几大电视网都希望我去做他们的出镜记者,报道亚洲事务和美国华人社区,但我觉得,这和我想做的事情还有一段距离。我对自己的职业定位就是文化行业,这和IT、商业、金融和工业都完全不同。我去美国的时候就知道我是一定会回来的。结婚的时候我就跟吴征说,你在美国已经有自己的事业,但我将来肯定是要回去的,你要想清楚。他说,我跟你回去。那时候媒体报道用了“毅然决然”这4个字。我觉得这几个字用在他身上倒是合适。他好像放弃了什么,可我并不需要放弃什么。

1997年,我一整年都没有工作,就是生孩子、带孩子。1998年,我剪短了头发,去了香港凤凰卫视,开始做《杨澜工作室》。

我采访的第一个人物就是王光美。无论从节目还是人生层面,她都是一个对我有极大震撼的女人。通过做她这期节目,我真正确立了一点——我做节目是为了记录人和时代的关系,我希望以采访人物的方式来记录历史。我大学主修英语,辅修国际经济,但是对历史的爱好是从中学就开始的。我喜欢苏东坡、罗斯福和丘吉尔,很早就看过尼克松写的《领导者》那本书,也看过法拉奇的《世界风云人物访谈录》。高考的时候,我曾经最想报的就是历史系。这些都潜移默化地对我的职业理想产生影响。

我有文化理想,我觉得中国需要有一个有文化感和价值感的电视平台。我想到了,就去做了。2000年,我做了阳光卫视,制作和播出以纪录片为主的电视节目。

我做企业有点误打误撞。我是个做内容出身的人,没想要做渠道,好像也没想做多大的商业链。我做企业的出发点就是想做内容,然后为了这个内容来配备一个相匹配的运作机制。这有点想喝杯牛奶就自己养头奶牛的意思。因为市场上没有卖这杯牛奶的,你就必须自己养奶牛。但是我并不觉得这是一种时间上的浪费。时间久了,你对养奶牛的事业也产生了一定的兴趣和感情。奶牛有奶牛的意义。慢慢地,你看到周围这片草原上还有很多和你一样的人,他们也养着自己的一头或者一群奶牛,这样就形成了一个产业。

当然了,我这是有点难为自己。我大学学过国际经济,但这和真正做企业完全是两回事。我为了养这头奶牛,做了自己不完全喜欢、起码是不完全热爱的事情。中国不像美国。美国的传媒系统已经非常完善,你只要做自己最擅长的工作就可以了。但上世纪末,中国传媒从过去的僵化体制到逐渐开放,它需要很多鲜活机制在运作成长,才可能有市场,才可能有个体的创造。这就是这个时代的特点。也许再过30年,我就不需要做这样的选择了。

吴征一开始就是鼓励我的,但是对我来说,从做节目到做企业,这个转型极其困难,一开始就摔了个大跟头,就是阳光卫视。现在看来,我的文化理想的冲动,远远大于我的商业和企业管理的知识水平和认知水平。

我在阳光卫视创建的最初,就没做好商业判断上的准备。一开始我就按照整个一个电视台的建制,在香港做了很大的、耗资数千万的电视制作中心,有大量的原创节目,每年几百个小时。其实这是不符合市场规律的。纪录片是一个小众市场,又是基于一个境外卫视不能够完全落地的现状,我当时应该更多地以采购节目为主,减少制作成本,尽量不要做这么多的原创和这么大的制作中心。

这就说明我的幼稚。在商业上当时我是很幼稚的。我还记得,当我非常兴致勃勃地让吴征去参观我刚刚建好的制作中心的时候,他吓了一大跳,当时他就跟我说,我没想到你们拉了这么大一个摊子,是要出事的。

前后有5年的时间吧,我很累。关键是当你的商业模型不对的时候,你会越做越累,并且事倍功半。现在看来,一开始这个公司其实从资本运作上也存在问题。这样一个收入模型还没有得到稳定来源和实践肯定的公司,一下就上市了,然后上市又对财务报表有要求,这使得你在短期的营收和长期的战略定位上经常产生矛盾,实际上是给整个经营团队带来很大困扰,也给我自己带来很大困扰。

那几年,我哭过很多次。吴征他是知道我的,我有这份文化理想。在阳光卫视后期,他跟新浪、贝塔斯曼等公司做了一系列资本操作。虽然有很多人质疑他说,他是不是喜欢资本操作,但其实他是希望用资本操作的方式引进不同的合作伙伴,同时也让这个卫视平台能够撑得更久一点。我理解他的这份苦心,其实这也是说明他对我的爱吧。我觉得是。所以回头想想,他也非常不容易,真的。

最后说服我放弃的还是吴征。他说,文化理想可以有很多种实现方式,但是在这样一个环境下,你的商业模型又出了问题,出于投资人利益考虑,你也应该学会放弃。我一开始不愿意面对和承认,前后有3年,反反复复。我也跟他吵过架,埋怨他做出了错误的商业决策。那时候我们在上海住得多。有一次,在上海的家里,他很严肃地跟我谈这个事情。他说,你是一个理想主义者,但是你现在必须要变成一个现实主义者,你要考虑这个问题,你退出就是对这个事业、投资者和现有平台的一个最好的负责任的方式。

他这个话对我是很大的刺激,让我觉得,我得有足够的勇气来面对自己。我终于做了决定。2003年夏天,我把阳光卫视卖掉了。

我至今也不觉得阳光卫视是一种文化上的失败。它商业上失败,但是有文化价值。毕竟那之后才有了中央电视台和地方电视台的各种纪录片频道和人文频道的出现。我经常被人嘲笑说,是用个人的一个商业行为,来完成一个国家该做的事情。

去年在世博会的一次活动上,我碰到王石,他还主动跟我谈起阳光卫视的事情。他说阳光卫视有它的成功之处,它是一个开创性的事情,是第一个吃螃蟹的,尝试了一种文化和商业的结合,虽然商业上不成功,但是为后来的人指出了哪条路走得通、哪条路走不通。我不是一个溢于言表的人,但是你做的一件事情过了那么久还有人记得,并且有人肯定,我觉得很温暖。

我现在感到很庆幸,做阳光卫视的时候我才30岁,算是很年轻。在输得起的时候输一次也没什么,30岁失败总比50岁失败来得好点儿吧。但是当时,这件事情让我有极大的挫败感,甚至接下来的两三年都没缓过劲来。我的精神胜利法就是不停地工作。我发现,工作是带给我平复的最好的办法。我继续做《杨澜访谈录》,2006年开始做《天下女人》,后来,又有了天女网、澜珠宝和其他业务。

对于公司来说,这次失败也是一次完成战略转型和业务调整的机遇。公司过去是一个平台的运营商,在阳光卫视出售以后,它就变成一个内容提供商。但我在这之后慢慢看清媒体市场的走向:在一个整合媒体的时代,单一的媒体平台是不能够满足市场需求的。无论是品牌的推广还是商业的合作,都需要一个整合媒体的概念。“整合”现在变成一个很时髦的观点了,应该说我在2005年的时候就很清晰地看到这是一个发展的趋向,而且正因为我没有一个平台去经营的时候,这个又变成了唯一的商业出路,所以我们比较早就开始多媒体经营和战略的转型。现在看起来,这种预见还是正确的。

我们目前有三大业务板块。一个是以《杨澜访谈录》品牌为核心的精英阶层影响力社区。一个是以《天下女人》品牌为核心的都市白领女性影响力社区。第三个是我们在近些年拓展的新业务——承接地方城市大型活动和演唱会的制作。我们不仅是制作者,还会把城市文化推广和背后的立体宣传作为一种服务提供出来。这是公司成长性很快的业务。到2011年,这种大型活动和整合传播会占到公司一半以上的收入。此外,我们还有实体珠宝店、网络影视剧平台、信用卡开发等关联业务。这些业务都不是独立的,都和我们网络上的整合营销、整合传播捆绑在一起。

公司现在平稳发展,到2012年会具备更大的商业规模,这也得益于我过去四五年的积累。其实,我并没有想要做多大。可能吴征是做投资和金融的,有时候他会注重一种资本放大效应。但我做媒体还是喜欢踏踏实实的,对我来说,适当的规模和优秀的品质要比单纯的规模重要得多。不过后来我也发现,当你建立一个机构之后,这个机构会有自己的需求,它会成长,并且开始有自己的欲望。

去年,我做了《杨澜访谈录》的十周年庆典。10年前的杨澜还比较顺利,就是个乖乖女。如果见到那时候的杨澜,我会问她,是不是敢做一些挑战性的,甚至叛逆的事情。事实证明,这个叛逆性的事情,杨澜后来果然做了,并且是对整个电视行业现行体制和运营方式的某种叛逆。

这10年的经历让我开始重新认识自己。前几天,我带我的孩子去美术馆。那儿陈列了很多民间工艺品,其中有一种就是民间做馒头的那个范子,上面印个小鱼,印个小鸡,然后把它盖在馒头上面,馒头上就会有这个印子。我就觉得,我杨澜特别不需要去做一个范子。所谓模范,其实一个模字一个范字,我觉得特别不需要做那些东西。

这些年我最大的体会就是各有各的精彩,每个人都可以活出自己来。我就做我自己。我的喜好,我的为人,骨子里的东西从来没有改变过。我的企业我自己说了算,我的节目我自己说了算,我没必要按别人的需求来塑造我自己。当然,我这些年也多了一些世故,也知道怎么保护自己,也多了一些见识,看到过很多场面,也更淡定,但是归根到底,你要是能够做自己,那么所有这些失败的经验都很值得。

毛毛雨 (Drizzle in SF)

Got off work at 9pm today. Walking out of the building in downtown SF, here came this lovely drizzle in a late spring day.

下班,走出大楼,蒙蒙雨雾便扑面而来。

夜晚九点的三藩,又是在这离码头不过两三个街区的地方,落到面颊的水雾仿佛都有海水的微咸。地面虽已浸湿,打伞却显多余。

上一次遇到这样细致的雨雾天气,是在康奈尔。也是九点,合唱队排练结束,刚走出Lincoln Hall,就被环绕在这触手可及却沾衣不湿的“云雾”中。借着University Ave上的灯光,朝big slope望去,隐约可见极细极微小的水珠点点,好像是悬浮在空中,不受地球引力所控。

在国内好像从未见过这样的景象,亦或是大雨倾盆,亦或是小雨淅沥,再则是阴云密布,这样处于临界状态的“雨雾”天气,在干燥的北京,湿热的长沙,我都不曾见过。“毛毛雨”是个形象的词汇,只可惜国内的毛毛雨,仍是可以感受到雨点的,而这样的drizzle,让人感受不到单个雨滴的存在,铺天盖地细微的水颗粒们就这样毫无缝隙的包围你,笼罩你,抚摸你并且控制你,屋檐,伞,拢起的风衣和帽子,都没有办法让你逃离,这些水颗粒是温柔的进攻者。

当然,我也不想逃离。在夜幕一隅,感受它们的抚摸,看被它们所朦胧的夜景和行人,回想上一次遇见它们的此时彼地,是再惬意不过的事情了。

Weekend Getaway – Saturday

Cozy bed-and-breakfast Inn, scenic 17-mile drive, cute little Carmel-by-the-sea and Monterey downtown, various art galleries and museums, tasty seafood paella, etc. what else could you expect in a two-day weekend getaway?

We arrived in Monterey on a rainy Saturday. The drive was almost 2 hrs. Maybe the first time that I drove for this long continuously. The rain was on and off all the way, overall the road condition wasn’t too bad. As we got closer to Monterey, the California #1 highway got closer to the coastline, which led to a gorgeous view of the Monterey bay. With the waves and echoing sound of the pacific ocean, yeah, this is the California we are talking about (no more san mateo or redwood city lol). The hotel was booked on Friday, since the whole trip was planned within 5 mins during lunch (mostly because our original ski plan get canceled). As much as we wanted to go on a ski strip to Tahoe, Carmel/Monterey does seem to be a much better place for couple’s romantic escapes.

 

The Old Monterey Inn was rated as the one of the best bed-and-breakfast Inn in town. I have never had bed-and-breakfast experience, as a big breakfast person, I’ve always wanted to do it though. I am already half satisfied with the choice almost at the moment I arrived in this place. It’s mins drive from the Monterey fisherman’s wharf. A lightly uphill road, led to this tranquil and cozy place. The driveway only allows one car to go pass, and the guest parking only have 6 spaces (which made the parking extremely difficult LOL). Apparently, this hotel doesn’t accommodate large numbers of guests at one time.

Going in, we were greeted by a beautiful young lady who introduced us to all the specialty services provided. As far as I can tell, it’s more like a home experience as opposed to a hotel stay. Guests can use the living room downstairs, in which wine, piano, fireplaces, books, DVDs, or even boardgames are provided. There will be coffee and tea served 24hrs in a tiny little room nearby. Up on the second floor, a fridge has all the beverages and late night snacks you could expect (way better than a vendor machine). Recommended books are placed on an old and dark bookshelf on the second floor as well, mostly about travel in California, and… Europe 😛 I guess the owner’s creating this home inn experience with the home stays in Europe in mind. On the third floor, we finally arrived at our room: Rockery. Again, it’s nothing fancy, huge, or even bright, totally the oppposite, it’s OLD… classic, authentically decorated with wood frames, fireplaces, paintings depicting people’s life back in the early 19th or 20th century… i loved this place, and almost felt I should be wearing what Vivien Leigh was wearing in ‘Gone with the wind.’

We haven’t get a chance to eat lunch yet, so despite of the rain, we drove to the fisherman’s wharf in Monterey anyways, and yes, they have a fisherman’s wharf here as well. This part was not quite interesting, perhaps due to the weather, like all other wharf’s I’ve been to, they sell clam cheddar and ice creams, quite similar to SF, but not so much the ocean view I was expecting to see in the middle of California.

Never thought/expected he could be an artistic person, but he does show interests of going to the art galleries and museums in Monterey, which surprised me (positive surprise). Monterey Museum of Art is only five mins of drive from the downtown area. Interestingly, when we got in the one near city hall, we found out the museum actually has two locations, another (bigger) one is located at somewhere north on the hill. We gave up our original wine tasting plan and decided to tour these two museums locations instead. The first one’s quite small, featuring most arts on California landscapes by Californian artists. A few photographs shoot by a local cali photographer back in 1960s were quite impressive. Back in 1960s, taking photos were not a highly aided process with SLRs and digital technology, you can tell the photos were touch in some way, the resolution was not as good as the photos taken today (even by amateurs), however, the big particles you can tell when step closer to the painting somehow resonates with the ocean wind and waves. The fine details of the scene are almost unnecessary in this scenario to depict the spirit of the ocean as well as California. The second one seems to be the main location. To our surprise, early art works from impressionist, miro, matisse and picasso are here as well. Even more interesting, we found this exhibition from a female Chinese artist featuring Chinese women with traditional clothes and accessories. The artist Liu Hung was born in late 1940s, growing up with the republic, witnessed the great lapse and the revolutions when she was an art major in Beijing Normal University. She came to the States in 1980s, perhaps one of the earliest group of overseas Chinese students after the revolution. Those arts reflecting her impression and interpretation of female Chinese figures were trying to express the complexity of any cultural underpinnings and any historical events. She teaches art in an art institute in Cali now, which reminds me  of other Chinese scholars (mostly female) in the field of communication studies. No matter how many miles they are away from China, no matter how many years they have received education and lived in a western cultural environment, their most successful research/work still comes from their understanding or at least comparisons between Asian Cultural with the western environment. I’ve always been wondering, will people like us (at least finished the most part of our high school in China), ever be totally get detached with our Asian cultural background. I mean I hate having to bring topics from China all the time in conversations my foreign friends, but if that’s what it feels the most natural, why should I fight it (to intentionally hide all those cultural stigma to try to blend in)?

Apparently there’s not enough time for winery as most of them closes before 5pm. We decided to drive a bit south, the original plan’s to go to a state reserve, but the carmel-by-the-sea sign definitely caught my attention, so I took one highway exit earlier than planned. It turns out to be a good last minute change, we were able to drove down the beautiful oceanic road in Carmel, and got to the Carmel beach. Although it was slightly rainy, and very cold, the closeness to ocean was just better than anything. Dinner was included in our hotel package. We had a difficult time deciding what to order in order to fill up that 80 dollar up limit for a dinner for two at the Fandango restaurant in Monterey. It turns out the two entree were both good, but the appetizer Foie Gras was a bit too much and quite pricy. Anyways, there are things in life you have to try at least once. So, once you’ve done it, you won’t regret for not having done it and you will probably not looking forward to doing it again either.

We were looking for good places for jazz or live band after dinner. The waiter at the Fandango recommended Sly Mickfly, which is a local live music club. Although it was too 20th century to check out the show theme/ schedule  on a newspaper, but in this old coast town, we did find out a bunch of good performance info on the Monterey Chronicle LOL, it turned out the show that night at Sly Mickfly is Hits from 1950s to Now, which sounds like it’s gonna have it all, so why not give it a try. The moment I stepped into the bar, i know this is the right place to spend the rest of our night. Jazz was too gloomy, rock’s probably too heavy and not rhythm-y, those hits from the old days, were classically trendy, relaxing and sometimes romantic to the right amount. We saw couples ranging from their 20s, to 50s or even 60s were dancing with each other along with the live music. Ladies, despite their wrinkles,  men despite their belly could barely fit in with the best jeans they picked to come to this place, all of them looks happy, healthy and passionate. It’s nothing like young ppl’s weekend clubbing, all those moves and steps, you can only see in American movies from the 80s or even 70s.  But weird enough, I totally enjoyed watching them (and dancing with them!) I am probably those people who are growing up mentally old… lol I remember Anthony once asked what my favorite music style is,  the answer i gave was country (the truth is i didn’t get to experience that many genres back then).

Sadly, because i had to drive, so, no drinking for me LOL. What are the chances that you are allowed to drink, and a pretty girl’s promised to drive you to a hotel afterwards?

Only in Monterey, only when the girl you are dating is Miss.Sally 🙂

New Notebook

To be honest, i don’t know why I am not feeling excited, happy or even nervous at this moment about this new job starting in like an hour.

Just finished my presentation (well, not exactly a presentation, more of a walk through of some content that I built throughout the past a few months), said goodbye to all my dear colleagues in Oracle, drove to Millbrae and got on BART heading to downtown San Francisco.

I bought a notebook yesterday at Barns and Noble, a very simple one, no fancy cover, palm size, costed me just a couple of bucks. Sitting on the BART now, I wrote down, Sally Tang, 2011-2-28.

The memories of all those previous times when I wrote my name beside a date on the first page of book just flooded my mind. I suddenly feel as if i can see through this book to the  end of the book, when i wrote down a last word on it. Every article comes to a last sentence, every book comes to a last page, just like the first note book i ever used to learn English, when I couldn’t even completely spell the word of “Feburary,” just like six years ago, when I first started my college, I used that thick string aligned note book to start writing the notes for my first college lesson, just like two years ago when I was sitting in Sue’s communication theory class and opened my laptop to type for the first line, and six months ago when Sam handed me a notebook to start my first day at Oracle, all those words, lines, pages and books, now all came to an end, which pushing me forward to this new book i am writing, a new name, a new date, but how long will it take for me to finish this book, how tough, how exciting and how valuable this book will be. I thought every book that I started will last for a long time, it almost seemed to be the days were long, the clock were not ticking up to speed and there is never gonna be a time when I wrote the last page, and I am wrong, everything goes by that fast, and time and time again, this new book has arrived, and I have to write something on it.

I’ve been very afraid of wasting time lately. However, a bigger question to me is, what are the valuable things i should spend my time on, which is the biggest difficulty I found after I left school. I did do planning in school, but that was mostly following the rules, test schedules, course plans, I plan within certain circumstances and create, invent and experiment within classrooms on ideas, not on my life. Now, it’s all real, the moment i am living determines where i am heading to next, and this time, the clock is ticking, independent from whether you notice it or not.

It’s already 24th street, not quite far from embaccadero, so i’ll just stop it here, and let’s see how it goes.

Sally 2011-2-28 on BART